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‘ANC members could financially benefit if SABC collapses’

SABC board chair Mbulaheni Maguvhe claims they want to buy parts of the broadcaster if it fails completely.

FILE: The SABC headquarters in Johannesburg. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Chair of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board Mbulaheni Maguvhe says he believes the African National Congress (ANC) only attacked Hlaudi Motsoeneng and the broadcaster yesterday because some of the party members have business interests that would benefit from the collapse of the broadcaster.

He also claims they want to buy parts of the national broadcaster if it fails completely.

Maguvhe has defended the decision to ban the broadcast of images of destructive protests, saying they do have evidence they're correct, having consulted the kings of the Vhavenda and the AmaZulu.

He claims that Jackson Mthembu only attacked his board yesterday because some ANC members have a financial interest in the collapse of the SABC.

"Some people who are members of different political parties, including the ANC, want to see the SABC collapsing. If they say it lacks leadership, what do they mean?"

And he says he did consult widely when deciding to ban the images of these violent protests.

"For instance, the king of the Vhavenda is unhappy about such footage. The king of AmaZulu and other stakeholders are also unhappy. We did contact stakeholders about this matter."

Maguvhe is unrepentant, saying they are doing the right thing and they are not censoring people.

He says the criticism he and Motsoeneng are receiving proves that they are doing the right thing, adding that his board is leaving a better legacy than the previous boards.

"We are leaving, for instance 90 percent local content, stability and sustainability. So they can't say we lack leadership."

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